• OU gets commitment from four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 06:02 PM

    For the second time in as many days, Oklahoma picked up a commitment from a defensive standout. Los Osos (Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.) outside linebacker Bryce Youngquist committed to the Sooners on Friday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

  • 'Voice of the Cowboys' Larry Reece says he's cancer free

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 03:13 PM

    Good news from Cowboys Country, as OSU announcer Larry Reece announced via Twitter that he's cancer free. Reece confirmed earlier this year doctors found a cancerous tumor in his throat. The diagnosis required seven weeks of radiation on the tumor and lymph nodes in his neck and weekly chemotheraphy. Following his announcement in January, the Oklahoma State community rallied behind the longtime "Voice of the Cowboys," and Reece thanked his supporters on social media Friday. "Prayer POSSE you did it.. Pet scan showed no cancer!!," Reece said via Twitter. "I'm cleared for some @CowboyFB."

  • Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • Oklahoma City Energy assistant Chris Spendlove will rejoin team after being acquitted on murder and manslaughter charges

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Team follows good news with a 3-0 victory over Arizona United at Taft Stadium.

  • Carl Albert’s Lohr, Guthrie’s Curry among West stars in All-State win

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Carl Albert’s Lohr starred at running back for the West in Friday’s 27-14 victory over the East at Tulsa Union. Lohr scored the game’s first touchdown, scooping up a fumbled snap for a 1-yard TD run. He added another score in the third quarter, when Anadarko’s Brandon Pollard threw to him in the flat and he went 17 yards to the end zone.

  • OU coaches praise Joe Mixon's effort, ability

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    NORMAN — Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said redshirt freshman running back Joe Mixon is learning the new “Air Raid” offensive system well.

  • Why Nancy Lieberman called Muhammad Ali after her historic move to NBA assistant coach

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman was hired as an assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings on Friday, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach. The 57-year-old Lieberman joins George Karl's staff in the state capital just shy of a year after Hammon was hired by the Spurs, making her the first full-time paid female NBA assistant coach.

  • Breaking down Oklahoma players involved in MLB trade deadline

    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 04:18 PM

    The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline passed Friday afternoon with a flurry of moves, including multiple moves involving players from Oklahoma or players who have played for the Oklahoma City Triple-A franchise.

  • Iowa-Iowa State game moved to Dec. 10 for TV coverage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ames say the Iowa-Iowa State men's basketball game has been rescheduled to accommodate national television coverage. The game has been moved up a day, to Dec. 10. The start time and network will be announced later. It will be Cyclone head coach Steve Prohm's first game against the in-state rival Hawkeyes. Prohm has been hired to replace Fred Hoiberg, who's been hired to coach the NBA's Chicago Bulls.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says 'stay tuned' for regular-season game in Africa

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as the league prepares to play its first exhibition on the continent. Team World will take on Team Africa in an exhibition Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (who will not play in the game) as one of the main ambassadors. Silver didn't put a time frame on when the NBA will bring a regular-season game to Africa, but says his aim is to put the league on a "fast track" to grow in the continent.

  • Grand Lake Legislative Golf Tournament

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Shangri-La Golf Club hosted the annual Grand Lake Oklahoma Legislative Golf Tournament Friday, July 24.

  • South Africa NBA Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • South Africa NBA In Africa Silver Basketball

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a media briefing for the Basketball without Borders Africa 2015 at the American International School in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The NBA with some 20 top players is in South Africa for an exhibition, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects more important games to come, led by Chris Paul and two-time All Star Luol Deng, featuring a Team World versus Team Africa on upcoming Saturday.

  • John Clay: A lot more headlines ahead if Calipari coaches till 73

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    John Calipari said this week he might coach basketball until he’s 73 years old. Can you imagine? No telling what new technological wonder the Kentucky basketball coach will have latched onto by that time or what neutral-site game — first on the moon, perhaps? — Calipari will have scheduled for what will undoubtedly be his 23rd consecutive No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Speaking with Andy Katz and his buddy Seth Greenberg on the ESPNU college basketball podcast this week, the Hall of Famer did what he is the best at doing — creating headlines. Here’s the one that has received the most attention: “This could be our best class ever,” Calipari said on the podcast.

  • Police: Drag racing crash kills 3, injures 1 in Philadelphia

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say an apparent drag-racing crash in Philadelphia has left three people dead, one person in critical condition and a car split in half. The wreck happened just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia. Police say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed around a sharp turn when it clipped a curb and went out of control. The car hit a tree and split into two pieces. Two women and a man were pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police say the victims were in their late teens or early 20s. Authorities didn't immediately identify the victims. Investigators are searching for a second car that

  • Britain Womens Golf Open

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Michelle Wie of the U.S. tees off from the first hole during the first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015.

  • A welcome Shock: WNBA team likely to inspire Dallas-area girls

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The WNBA’s arrival in Arlington next year could do more for local girls than just offer them another affordable entertainment option. Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman compared the Shock’s relocation from Tulsa to a historic moment she witnessed 40 years ago in New York City. In 1975, the teenage Lieberman was at Madison Square Garden for the first women’s college basketball game at that legendary venue. The matchup between Queens College and Immaculata University was played just a few years after Title IX legislation targeted gender discrimination in education and as women’s sports was gaining momentum.

  • All-State girls basketball notebook: Harrah's Blake Blessington sharp in West's comeback

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Blessington fueled the West’s rally in an 88-59 win over the East at the Mabee Center on Wednesday with 14 of her 21 points in the second half despite having three fouls at halftime.

  • All-State girls basketball: Deer Creek's unsung hero Scheffler gets one last appearance at Mabee Center

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    At 5-foot-4, Scheffler was the small but tenacious spark for the Antlers during their last two title runs. She was the unsung hero, and she got a chance to show why in Wednesday’s annual Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Center.

  • Fines for storming the basketball court and football field?

    BY RYAN ABER | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week at Big 12 Media Days, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league would not go to a system of heavy fines to try and limit storming of basketball courts and football fields from happening, even after an incident in Manhattan, Kan., last basketball season where a Kansas State student dropped his shoulder into a Kansas player and Jayhawks coach Bill Self was trapped against the scorer’s table.

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Pat Smith's drive, determination led to greatness

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    After romping unbeaten to three state championships at Del City High, Smith forced his way into the lineup at OSU and kept dominating, closing his collegiate career with a school-record 98 straight wins and four titles.

  • Ranking the home games on OU's schedule

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Most of Oklahoma's marquee games this season will take place outside of Norman. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. But the biggest games on the Sooners' schedule are the ones at home. For the Sooners to get their program back on track, they need to re-establish home-field dominance.  Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks the Sooners' home games from toughest — and best — to easiest: 1. TCU, Nov. 21: The preseason pick to win the Big 12 comes to town a week before it hosts Baylor. Will the Frogs be driving for a title? Trying to score style points? Either way, the Sooners would score a huge win by beating the Frogs, who used their victory in Fort Worth last season to springboard into the national

  • OU Football: The Sooners' hopes for return to glory begin at home

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — A favorite category during preseason predictions is this: biggest game. Look at Oklahoma's schedule, and you'll find plenty of contenders. Tennessee. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma State. No doubt all of those are marquee match-ups. They've got juicy undertones. They're got sexy storylines. But in terms of importance, none of those games hold a candle to TCU. Or West Virginia. Or Texas Tech, Iowa State, Tulsa or Akron. Those are the Sooners' six home games this season, and if they want to get back in the business of being contenders and winning titles, it has to start at home. They have to win every home game. They have to go undefeated on that Owen Field turf.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Memphis hands Dodgers eighth loss in last 10 games

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning and made them stand Wednesday afternoon to beat struggling Oklahoma City 3-2 in Pacific Coast League baseball before 2,447 fans at AutoZone Park. Oklahoma City had a 1-0 lead after 41/2 innings on Andy Wilkins' solo homer, his 14th overall this season, before Memphis stormed back with its three spot. Alex Mejia keyed the Redbirds' rally with a two-run homer off OKC pitcher Eric Stults. The Dodgers drew within 3-2 in the seventh inning when Kyle Jensen hit home run No. 13. But that's all Oklahoma City could muster in its eighth loss in the last 10 games. The division-leading Dodgers fell to 62-41 and watched their lead over Omaha dwindle to 31/2

  • Win tickets to see HD Boxing in Shawnee

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

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  • Oklahoma women's basketball: Sherri Coale praises sophomore point guard, gold medalist Gabbi Ortiz

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Sherri Coale sat down for an interview with The Oklahoman after Wednesday’s Sooner Club Golf Tournament and said, “Let’s talk about Gabbi.” Sophomore Gabbi Ortiz started all seven games at this month’s FIBI U19 World Championship and helped lead Team USA to a gold medal. She averaged 2.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds during the event. Ortiz, from Racine, Wis., started all 33 games as a true freshman point guard last season for the Sooners. OU finished the season second in the Big 12 Conference and earned a 16th straight NCAA Tournament bid.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Boulware disappointed he couldn’t reach Keith Ford

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NORMAN — Jay Boulware admitted being disappointing by how things ended with former Sooner running back Keith Ford, who left the program in May after being suspended indefinitely. Boulware had only been Ford’s position coach for a short time before Ford’s suspension, which was for violating team and academic rules. Ford rushed for 503 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at OU, but he suffered a leg injury in the middle of last season that forced him to miss five games. He told the Tulsa World after announcing his decision to transfer that he didn’t like playing under Boulware. His running backs coach the first two seasons was Cale Gundy, who now coaches inside receivers.

  • Past success lures Rose back to Quicken Loans National

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Most of the world's top players are skipping the Quicken Loans National. Justin Rose wouldn't miss it — even if he weren't the defending champion. Rose won the event in 2010 at Aronimink and last year at Congressional. This year, the Quicken Loans National moves to Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, a course he's never seen. Given its place on the crowded PGA Tour schedule, a week off might be tempting — but not for Rose. "It's one of my favorite tournaments on Tour. Got a couple of the best-looking trophies on Tour," Rose said. "It's about winning tournaments and playing places where you feel you can win." Rose, the world's seventh-ranked player, is a favorite this week along with No. 8 Rickie